Origin of barf
First recorded in 1955–60; expressive word of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for barf
"I ain't had a barf since Gravesend," said Dickie, and flushed at the indiscretion.Harding's luck
E. [Edith] Nesbit
Barf Latrigg was sixty then, turning a bit gray, but able to shear with any man they could put against him.
Yes, yes; Barf is as happy as a boy now, but I remember when he was back-set and fore-set with trouble.
Barf's married daughters had their portions long ago, but he left each of them three hundred pounds as a good-will token.
Barf had lost his sight when I got there; but he knew my voice, and he asked me to lay my face against his face.
- to vomit
- the act of vomiting
- the matter ejected in vomiting
C20: probably of imitative origin
Word Origin and History for barf
"to vomit or retch,"1960, American English slang, probably imitative. Related: Barfed; barfing. As a noun, from 1966. Barf bag "air sickness pouch" attested from 1966.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper